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Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration and reflection at the Millarc household.  This year, as our family has returned to Atlanta, we are overflowing with abundant hearts. In addition to being thankful for our family, friends, and community, we are incredibly thankful for having the opportunity to minister with and to the men, women, and…

Service Engine Soon!

This week, the light bulb turned on for me. Unfortunately, it was the one signaling “Check Engine” in my car. My heart sank as I looked to check my speed and saw the horrific glow on an otherwise lovely dashboard. Every driver hates this little incessant indicator that all is not well under the hood….

Blockbuster’s Final Curtain

The show is over for Blockbuster. The Dish Network said on Wednesday that it would close the 300 or so remaining video/DVD rental stores, bringing a sad ending to a brand that has been around since I was young boy. I, like many of you, can fondly remember going into one of the many Blockbuster…

Blueprint: Starting at Briarcliff Baptist Church

On Sunday, November 10th and Sunday, November 17th, we will be beginning a new members and inquirers class at Briarcliff Baptist Church.  Blueprint is a two-week orientation revolving around presenting the vision, discipleship process, and places of service our church offers. We will meet during the Sunday School hour (9:45-10:45 am) in the church library,…

Magnificent Grace

It has been both challenging and encouraging to walk through Scripture and pause just long enough to see moments when God’s grace was revealed.  Sometimes these moments renewed fellowship, like in the life of Mephibosheth (2 Sam. 9) and other times grace restored even the most cowardly heart, similar to Peter’s after his denial (John…

Jesus Restores Peter

As we have been going through the Portraits of Grace sermon series, I must tell you, I’ve been convicted.  Especially this last Sunday as we studied how Jesus gloriously restored Peter. If you’re like me, you see a lot of yourself in the life of Peter.  He was bold, passionate, impulsive, and could break under…

11th Hour Grace

11th Hour Grace What an absolutely wonderful Sunday we had last week as we celebrated our 55th Anniversary. It was so good to meet former members, welcome two new members, and worship and eat together. It’s as if Briarcliff is at the crossroads of a rich history and a blessed future. I feel that we…

Eleventh Hour Grace: Ruth and Boaz

Last Sunday we continued looking at various portraits of grace by studying the redeeming love of God through the story of Ruth and Boaz. As you remember, Ruth’s husband had died; she had left her hometown in Moab to follow her mother-in-law in Bethlehem, and was barely getting along scrounging for the leftovers that the…

Portraits of Grace: Mephibosheth

Last Sunday, we explored the difficult yet grace-filled life of Mephibosheth found in 2 Samuel 9. This easily overlooked Old Testament character exemplifies the power of undeserving and unconditional love. In order to interact with the text and to make application of its truth more personal, here are some further study questions and ideas to…

Fit for Life

This week, Norma and I were fortunate enough to attend a Minister’s Wellness Retreat in beautiful Toccoa Falls. The retreat was a time for ministers and their wives to have free dental and health screenings, and consultations with physicians. Besides gathering information regarding health and wellness, it was also a time for spiritual rest and…